A board-game-style app for fans of Poké­mon bat­tles

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hayley Tsukayama

Have you caught the sec­ond wave of Poké­mon fever yet? If Poké­mon Go didn’t get you back into the spirit of this clas­sic gam­ing fran­chise, maybe Poké­mon Duel will. This app gives play­ers a chance to fight through a tour­na­ment by pick­ing and train­ing a group of the epony­mous lit­tle mon­sters. But it dif­fers from other video games or card games in the Poké­mon fran­chise. This is more like a board game — you place Poké­mon at points on a map.

The goal isn’t nec­es­sar­ily to win all your bat­tles but rather to move your pieces across the board to beat the other team and claim your op­po­nent’s home space. You still do col­lect and train Poké­mon, as well as items that help keep your mon­sters in tip-top shape. You will need to make an ac­count to play, and a steady In­ter­net con­nec­tion to keep bat­tling. There are in-app pur­chases that will help you get ahead, but you don’t need them to play. If the bat­tles are the part you like best about Poké­mon, then this is the game for you.

Free, for iOS and An­droid.

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